Senior Special Assistant to Ekiti State Governor on Disability Matters has urged parents of children with disabilities to take advantage of the free education provided by the State Governor in special schools in Ekiti State.
The SSA, Hon. Tunde Ogunrinde made the call during a visit to the Government Special School for the Mentally Retarded and Physically Challenged in Ido Ekiti, Ekiti State, on Thursday.
While commenting on the free education, Mr. Ogunrinde listed free education provided by the amiable state Government in special schools in Ekiti State to include; Government Special School for the Blind in Ikere Ekiti, Special school for the Mentally Retarded and Physically Challenged in Ido Ekiti and Special School for the Deaf in Ikoro Ekiti.”
The SSA also disclosed that the Government shoulders the costs for WAEC, NECO and UTME registration for SS3 students and also offer scholarships when they get admitted into higher institutions.
According to Ogunrinde, there are also options for those who want to learn a trade at the Skills Acquisition Centre established solely for Persons With Disabilities. The center is located close to Progress FM Station, along Iworoko Road, Ado Ekiti.
“The provisions are implemented in the underlisted schools, Government Special School for the Blind, Ikere Ekiti, Special school for the Mentally Retarded and Physically Challenged, Ido Ekiti and Special School for the Deaf, Ikoro Ekiti.
Frowning at parents who hide their children/ward at home, the SSA queried, ‘why will you abandon your disabled wards or hide them at home when you can easily take advantage of numerous facilities provided for them by Governor Fayemi?
The SSA also had stern reprimands for parents who abandoned their children on discovering they had one form of disability or the other.
In his words, “I am aware of women who abandoned their disabled children for their husband and eloped with another man. This is not good. Also many of them use these children to beg on the street. Government will not condone this.
“Disability is not next to uncleanliness
“Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) have equal rights as their able-bodied counterparts and can contribute their quotas to the development of Nigeria if given the necessary support.” Ogunrinde concluded.